NCRI WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

Women in History

Doris Amelia Blackburn (September 18, 1889 –December 12, 1970) was an Australian political activist and member of parliament.

Born in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria to Lebbeus Hordern, estate agent, and his wife Louisa Dewson (née Smith), Doris Hordern became involved in women's rights and peace issues from a young age and served as the campaign secretary of Vida Goldstein, the first woman to stand for election to federal parliament in Australia.

Juliette Nadia Boulanger (September 16, 1887 –October 22, 1979) was a French composer, conductor, and teacher. She is notable for having taught many of the leading composers and musicians of the 20th century. She also performed occasionally as a pianist and organist.

Laura Secord (September 13, 1775 –October 17, 1868) was a Canadian heroine of the War of 1812. She is known for having walked 20 miles (32 km) out of American-occupied territory in 1813 to warn British forces of an impending American attack. Her contribution to the war was little known during her lifetime, but since her death she has been frequently honoured in Canada.

Mimi Parent (September 8, 1924 – June 14, 2005), born Marie Parent in Montreal, was a Canadian surrealist artist. She was the eighth of the nine children of architect Lucien Parent.

Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961), known by her nickname Grandma Moses, was a renowned American folk artist.

She began painting in earnest at the age of 78 and is often cited as an example of an individual who successfully began a career in the arts at an advanced age.

Marie Elisabeth Zakrzewska (September 6, 1829 –May 12, 1902) was a Polish physician who made her name as a pioneering female doctor in the United States.

As a Berlin native, she found great interest in medicine after assisting her mother, who worked as a midwife.

Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin (August 31, 1842 – March 13, 1924), American publisher, journalist, suffragist and civil rights activist, editor of Women’s Era, the first newspaper published by and for African-American women, founder of the National Federation of Afro-American Women and the Women’s Era Club, co-founder of the American Woman Suffrage Association.

Mother Teresa, Indian missionary, founder of the Missionaries of Charity, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize among other honors. 

Mother Teresa, known in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta (born Albanian 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary.

Lavinia Fontana (August 24, 1552 – August 11, 1614) was an Italian painter. She is regarded as the first woman artist, working within the same sphere as her male counterparts, outside a court or convent. She was the main breadwinner of a family of 13.

Eleanor Davies-Colley FRCS (21 August 1874– 10 December 1934) was a British surgeon. Among the earliest women in the UK to pursue a career in surgery, at that time an almost entirely male-dominated profession, she was also the co-founder of the South London Hospital for Women and Children.